I’m moving this week to Portland, OR and I’m not sure I’m going to get a chance to post much.
Updates to the site will be probably be sporadic or entirely absent until I get up and running again next week..
Thanks for the support everyone. Rest assured that I’m going to keep working on the site. I have lots of great stuff coming up, so be sure to stick around.
Oh, and I thought you all would think this email I got yesterday was pretty funny all things considered:
I’m an editor at PopSci and got your e-mail from my colleague [redacted to protect the innocent]. I’m looking to use a couple of images from old issues of the magazine in an upcoming issue, and he mentioned that you might have high-res files you could send. (All our archives are on Google Books now, but I don’t think the files are high-res enough.) These are the two: …
This is really great, but it does mean that I have a lot of magazines it would be pointless to scan. It also means that I need to decide what direction to take the site.
What do you guys think I should do? Stick with more obscure magazines? They don’t seem to have Modern Mechanix or Mechanix Illustrated… yet. Or link to articles in their archive?
They did a pretty amazing job with this and I’m really curious to find out how they actually scanned those mags. The old PS and PM issues have really thick spines that are very hard to keep open and photograph. I wonder if they cut the pages out or something..
My desktop is currently dead. I’m not sure if I’m only going to have to reinstall the OS or get a new drive. Either way, posting is going to be a bit light for the next few days. Today you get one post that was left over from last night.
Oh yeah, I forgot about it, but on Oct 15th the site entered it’s fourth year. A few approximate stats:
Update: For some reason the you tube player was crashing PC IE. I have no idea what I could have done to cause that, but I’ve taken it out. If you want to see the movie, click here.
I’m going to try to post a few recipes later this week..
Sorry for the lack of posts, but things have been pretty busy here. Almost all of my stuff has arrived and I’m about halfway unpacked. More importantly I have my computer up and running so things should be back to normal on the site. Thanks to everyone who responded to my posts, I’m loving my neighborhood and it’s great to be back in New York..
If you’ve ever clicked on the links at the bottom of the sidebar on the left, you’ve probably realized that a) my last name is Shopsin, and b) my family owns a restaurant in New York City called, you guessed it, Shopsin’s. The restaurant has been a fixture in my life since the day I was born. Literally. I’ve lived in a number of apartments and houses, but the restaurant (now in it’s third location) has always been the place I called home.
Our restaurant is very hard to explain, though that doesn’t keep people from trying. Google it and I’m sure you’ll find a ton of people that love it, hate it, are disgusted by it, are shocked and awed by it, or just plain like eating there. One thing I think people will agree on is that the menu is huge, incredibly varied and incredibly weird. The two things I’ve seen people ordering the most of lately are Macaroni and Cheese Pancakes, which sound weird, but are truly awesome, and the Gallant sandwich (warm turkey, bacon, avocado, cranberry mayo, ciabatta) which almost sounds normal and again, is quite delicious.
You can look at the full menu here (pdf). A warning: When I was still living at home, before going off to college and my stay on the west coast, I used to design the menu for my dad. My designs were not particularly inspired, but they were relatively readable and consistent. When I left for college I gave my dad a copy of Quark Express and a brief tutorial on how to use it. And use it he did. I haven’t studied Claude Shannon’s work on information theory as much as I’d have liked, but I’m pretty sure his menu design is approaching some sort of maximal information density limit.
Anyway, the reason for this post is that my father recently released a cookbook/philosophical tract/memoir called “Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin”. I’m obviously quite biased, but I think it is the most entertaining cookbook I’ve ever read. It’s a combination cook book and memoir, with about 100 recipes and a bunch of essays detailing my father’s approach to food, cooking, family, the restaurant business, and much more. Not to mention a picture of me bathing in a sink. You can read it like a cookbook, just going to the recipes that interest you, but I think most people will just end up reading it cover to cover like a normal book.
Once my scanner gets here and I get everything set up I’m going to post a couple of excerpts on the site, but really, why wait? You should just buy a copy.
Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days. I was in the process of moving from California to my new place in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. My magazine collection, all 47 boxes of it is currently making its way across the country via the very economical, but pokey USPS media mail service. (Don’t tell them that. Technically, you can’t send anything containing advertising via media mail. Even if it is a 70 year old ad for a defunct product from a defunct company, go figure.) My computer and scanners are also on the way but should be here much sooner. None of this actually matters until I buy a few little things like a desk, chair, bed, etc but, I’ll try to start posting some stuff this weekend.
The only immediate change you should see is that the blog has now been moved to Eastern Standard Time. I think you’ll all manage to cope. In the future we should have some great new stuff coming. I’ll be bringing in some help to add some more editorial and narrative commentary to the site. Plus, the move forced me to actually go through all of the magazines I have and in the process I discovered a bunch of really great stuff I’d forgotten I had, so look out for some new content from magazines you’ve never heard of..